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James Bond, Willy Wonka, Ironman, happy hour and IR insights at gaming and lottery company Scientific Games: sounds like another great NIRI-Chicago event. Join us Thursday, May 4 on Chicago’s Northwest side for a tour of Scientific Games’ development studio/technology center and interactive gaming headquarters, where talented development teams innovate the next generation of slot machines for casino operators all over the world.
Consider the IR challenges when your company is highly leveraged, has no net earnings and negative book value. Scientific Gaming's VP of IR Bill Pfund will briefly discuss his approach to the IR challenges faced by his high-yield company, then allow us to test-drive some of the newest and most innovative slot games hitting casino floors – all without a need for money or fear of losing. We’ll end the event with drinks, light appetizers and time to socialize with IR colleagues. Don’t miss this unique tour hosted in a distinctive venue by a truly uncommon company!
Please register by May 1 if you plan to attend. Scientific Games needs to know expected participation in advance to comply with gaming compliance regulations. There’s complimentary parking across from the building entrance.
4:30 -5 p.m. Registration
5 - 6:15 p.m. Presentation/tour/playing games
6:15 - 7:30 p.m. Networking reception
Gaming Innovation and Development Studios
2718 Roscoe - just east of California Avenue (between Addison & Belmont) along the Chicago River
Chicago, IL 60618
Enjoy a dramatic view of the Chicago river – just steps from the Ogilvie and Union train stations – while sipping cocktails and networking with NIRI-Chicago colleagues and guests. Join us to celebrate the end of the NIRI-Chicago program year and greet our incoming board.
The patio at Rivers Restaurant
30 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
William D. Chapman
Senior Director, Investor Relations, W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Bill Chapman serves as Grainger’s primary contact with the investment community. He was promoted to senior director in 2012 and director in 1999, and joined Grainger’s investor relations team in 1995. As a past president and chairman of NIRI-Chicago, Chapman now serves on the chapter’s advisory board. He is also a member of the NIRI Senior Roundtable. Chapman was nominated by the investment community as a best investor relations officer (mid-cap) in the 2015 IR Magazine Awards and recognized by Institutional Investor as the top IR professional in the capital goods/industrials sector 2012–2014.
Farzad F. Damania
Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Farzad Damania focuses his practice on capital markets and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. He is regularly engaged on capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, and direct investments by private equity acquirers, sellers and co-investors. He represents and advises public companies on corporate governance issues, securities law compliance, stock exchange regulations and corporate social responsibility. He received law degrees from Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology and Mumbai’s Government Law College.
Managing Director, First Analysis
At First Analysis, Chicago’s oldest venture capital fund, Corey Greendale specializes in research and investment in software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses, particularly in human capital technology. He provides research coverage of leading private and publicly traded companies in his sectors. His work has been cited for excellence in the Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” survey, Forbes and Financial Times. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Victoria Sivrais, Founding Partner, Clermont Partners, LLC
Victoria Sivrais founded Clermont Partners in 2015 after serving as a managing director and deputy lead of the capital markets practice of FTI Consulting's Strategic Communications segment. During Sivrais' 15-year career in financial communications, she has provided guidance to clients on critical issues, including best-practice investor relations programs, crisis preparedness, issues management, capital-raising activities, management transitions, M&A and strategic transformations. She is chairman of the NIRI-Chicago board of directors and received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.
Vice Chairman, Joele Frank Associates LLC
A founding partner of Joele Frank, a leading global financial communications firm, Brimmer has more than two decades of experience providing strategic investor and public relations counsel to U.S. and international companies. In addition to his extensive work in special situations, Brimmer has successfully developed and implemented a diverse range of corporate positioning and communications programs for public and private corporations. His areas of expertise include crisis communications, shareholder activism and M&A.
Director of Social and Evolving Media, Business Wire
Ehrlich has provided guidance on investor relations, public relations and overall consumer behavior relations trends over the last 20 years. Named one of the 2013 Top 25 Women in Mobile to Watch by Mobile Marketer, Ehrlich credits her 17 years in the newswire industry for placing her at the forefront of the technical, sociological and influential revolution, changing the face of today’s customer communications. Before rejoining Business Wire in 2013, Ehrlich designed and implemented successful social, mobile and traditional marketing campaigns for brands that included Kraft, Kohl's, Avon and Mattel.
Managing Director, Washington D.C., SKDKnickerbocker
Rosen is a well-known strategist who navigates the intersection of communications, media, technology, entertainment and politics. At SKDKnickerbocker, a public affairs and political consulting firm, Rosen specializes in clients and issues that need high-octane assistance for a variety of public affairs challenges such as creating and executing large-scale campaigns, publicity and reputation management and crisis communications. She is also currently an on-air CNN analyst. Her broad experience includes 17 years as chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and three years as the political director and editor-at-large of HuffingtonPost.com. Rosen has also served as an advisor to many Democratic elected officials over the years.
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Assistant Treasurer & Head of Corporate Funding, Discover Financial Services
Bill Franklin was promoted to assistant treasurer and head of corporate funding for Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) in February 2017. Institutional Investor has recognized Franklin as the #1 IR professional and Discover as the #1 consumer finance company for investor relations for three years. IR Magazine has ranked Franklin among the Global Top 50 IR professionals, and this year, he was among five nominees for best investor relations officer at a large-cap company (winner to be announced the day after our NIRI event). Franklin received his bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and MBA from the University of Virginia.
Doug Fox, CFA
Managing Director, Clermont Partners
Doug Fox joined Clermont Partners in 2015 after nearly 20 years as head of investor relations for Zebra Technologies. At Zebra, he developed and implemented global IR and financial media strategy, communicated throughout the business cycle and in special situations, and served as treasurer. Earlier in his career, Fox was an IR consultant with SM Berger & Co and a sell-side analyst with McDonald & Co. Securities, now part of Key Bank. A Chartered Financial Analyst, Fox holds a bachelor’s degree from Clark University and a master’s degree from Ohio State, both in economics.
Senior Managing Director, Rivel Research Group
Alon Kutai’s 25 years of Wall Street experience included roles on the buy-side, sell-side and investor relations, including private placements and institutional sales and trading. Since 1991, Rivel Research Group has been a leader in perception studies, research and predictive analytics for the investment community. In his role at Rivel, Kutai regularly interacts with asset managers and meets with investor relations officers, the C-suite and board. He is a graduate of Hobart College.
Dee Johnson, Principal, Dee Johnson Investor Communications LLC
Dee Johnson is an investor relations and corporate communications consultant with broad corporate experience in both finance and communications – including 18 years heading IR at small- and mid-cap industrial and technology companies. Before founding her firm, Johnson was VP of IR for Rubicon Technology (NASDAQ: RBCN), an advanced electronic materials provider that develops and manufactures high quality monocrystalline sapphire products. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her current role as NIRI-Chicago’s executive vice president, Johnson earlier served as president and in other leadership roles for NIRI St. Louis.
Informal breakfast roundtables are open to NIRI-Chicago members and invited guests. Pre-registration for this event is required. Walk-ins will not be permitted.
What’s New in the Capital Markets presentation slides
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Put a Spin on the New Year at a Ping-Pong Social Club
Mark your calendar for our first fun event of 2017, a networking reception at Chicago’s newest “ping-pong social club” – SPiN. This Susan Sarandon-backed bar has five locations in the U.S. and Canada, and opened in Chicago this March as “the kind of place where you sip bottled craft cocktails between rounds of ping-pong tournaments with friends” (says Chicago Magazine). Ping-pong is a great ice-breaker and conversation starter – but fear not, you can simply enjoy the scene, drinks and appetizers with your NIRI-Chicago colleagues and guests if ping-pong isn’t your game. If you plan to be a player, count on big ping-pong ball-filled baskets within arm’s reach and club staff to collect any balls that bounce away.
344 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
So many factors could affect corporate profitability and investor decisions in 2017, including policy changes from a new administration, impacts of long-awaited potential interest rate hikes, ongoing global geopolitical crises ranging from Brexit to Brazil, and the impact of technology on seemingly all aspects of our lives. In short -– and as discussed at our IR Workshop earlier this year -– it is a VUCA world (VUCA = volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity). What’s in store for the coming year? Our expert, CME Group’s chief economist Blu Putnam, will share his perspective as we work to keep IR in the Driver’s Seat in 2017.
320 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
Valet parking is available at a charge of $32.00
Bluford (Blu) Putnam, Managing Director and Chief Economist, CME Group
Blu Putnam has been CME Group’s chief economist since 2011. He is responsible for leading economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact. Putnam has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry with a focus on in central banking, investment research and portfolio management. He has authored five books on international finance
Speaker and Coach, Lynne Franklin Wordsmith
In 1993, Lynne Franklin was in danger of becoming a partner at the world’s largest IR agency. She responded by starting her own communications practice and continues to consult with and train CEOs, CFOs and IROs on creating and delivering effective messages. Franklin also is a “neuroscience nerd” who speaks on how to persuade people from the inside out, based on how the brain works and affects behavior, as well as on learning and communication research. She wrote the book Getting Others to Do What You Want. For more information, visit Lynne Franklin’s blog and view her video.
Navigating in a VUCA World
VUCA: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity
Seeing your way through volatility … dealing with uncertainty … managing complexity and executing your plans despite ambiguity. Sounds like an IRO’s job description we know and understand.
This year’s NIRI-Chicago IR Workshop will help you lead your IR team with vision, enhance your understanding, and provide clarity around the issues you face so you can adapt in today’s VUCA world. Join us for nationally recognized speakers, timely topics and great takeaways – all on a single day and at a highly affordable price. You’ll find informative presentations, panel discussions and lively interactive sessions, plus networking and the latest IR services in the Exhibitor Showcase.
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Our annual golf outing and dinner kick off the 2016-2017 program year. This year’s event will take place at the Glen Club. This highly ranked Tom Fazio course has been named to all three Top 10 New Course lists published by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Sports Illustrated. The Glen Club is on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play. Join us on August 31 and bring your corporate secretary, finance, treasury or communications colleagues.The format is a scramble.
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Registration and Lunch
Tee times begin at 1:00
6 - 8 p.m. Reception/Dinner/Awards
Cybersecurity. It’s in the news a lot these days – and none of the news is good.
Do you know your company’s cybersecurity risks? Is your management and board focused
on managing this important threat? How should you discuss cybersecurity from a corporate
governance standpoint? Our expert panel will cover the basics of cybersecurity risk,
best practices for communicating what your company and board are doing about it,
and what to do if your company experiences a security breach.
Steven Shapiro returned
to private practice in 2011 after serving as a chief privacy officer and/or general
counsel for a number of publicly traded companies, including Taylor Capital Group,
Inc, eLoyalty Corporation and First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. A nationally recognized
expert on cybersecurity and corporate governance, he also advises on securities
law, M&A transactions, bank financing, employment law and IT contracting. Shapiro
received the 2010 Corporate Secretary Magazine Small and Mid-Cap Governance Professional
of the Year and was named an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2013-2015. He has a bachelor’s
degree from Columbia University and J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
As executive vice president,
crisis and risk management, Andrew Liuzzi helps Edelman’s global clients proactively
mitigate issues and develop long-term reputation management strategies. His recent
work on data security and privacy involved cyberattacks, hacktivists, lost devices
with sensitive information and intellectual property theft. Liuzzi joined Edelman’s
Reputation Management Group in 2006 after six years in the corporate practice at
Manning Selvage & Lee, where he did significant work on public affairs positioning
surrounding the U.S. Army’s ongoing military operations in the Middle East and Central
Ruth Venning has extensive
experience in investor relations, most recently as director of investor relations
for Hospira, Inc., which was acquired by Pfizer in 2015. Her experience includes
roles with Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., United Airlines, Calamos Asset Management
and international public relations for the Japanese government in Japan. Venning
established Hospira’s corporate governance outreach program in 2009. She holds an
MBA in finance from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a master’s degree
in corporate communications from Northwestern University.
Open to all NIRI-Chicago members. The Chicago Board Options
Exchange (CBOE) is opening its doors to all our chapter members during the last
day of the NIRI Annual Conference. Come learn more about options so that you can
gain a better understanding of how options trading affects your stock. We'll discuss
how shareholders use options to enhance their returns or to reduce the risk of stock
ownership -- and in some cases, support their activist agendas. You’ll also tour
the trading floor to see VIX and SPX being traded live. If you're attending
the annual conference, a bus will pick you up from the Hyatt Regency East Tower
Lobby at 10:45 a.m. and return you to the hotel at 12:30 p.m. Non-conference attendees
should arrive at CBOE no later than 11 a.m. to check in. Only those who have pre-registered
will be able to attend.
(See summary at end of event page.) According to KPMG
and others, “the boom is back.” M&A has reemerged as a leading growth strategy in
the United States thanks to low interest rates, record stock prices, improving employment
numbers and an abundance of cash. How can your company best prepare and execute
communications strategies on its transactions, including mergers, acquisitions,
IPOs and spin-offs? Hear advice from our panel of experts based on their diverse,
recent and real-world experiences. We’ll talk about how to combine best practice
approaches with company-specific circumstances to effectively reach, influence and
engage critical stakeholder groups during sensitive events in order to protect and
enhance enterprise value. We’ll also cover the critical aspects of M&A and other
transaction communications – including the best practices and pitfalls of deal communication,
management of different constituencies, consistent messaging across audiences, preparation
for proxy votes, timelines, and much more.
(See summary at end of event page.) The capital markets
have changed significantly over the last 10 years. To name just three trends: Long-term
investors have shorter investment horizons, activism is on the rise, and foreign
issuers are increasingly competing for U.S. capital. How can your company more effectively
compete for capital and differentiate itself in the current landscape? What do investors
consider to be effective communication, and how do you engage effectively? Hear
what buy-siders expect from your communications, how they want to interact and which
companies are best in class.
(See summary, presentation and handouts at end of event page.)
Successful investor relations officers can meld strategy, finance, communications,
marketing and compliance – but superb technical knowledge and skills will not necessarily
land you a promotion or a better job in another field. Our workshop focused on identifying
the most important leadership skills for the next step in your career, how to develop
and demonstrate those skills to build influence within your organization, and real-world
advice from experts and senior practitioners. You’ll end the workshop with valuable
knowledge that can help you “wow them” during executive searches and progress further
up the career ladder.
Bonus: A self-assessment can help you better relate research and reality.
Informal breakfast roundtables are open to NIRI-Chicago members and invited guests.
(See summary at end of event page.) IROs beware! In
recent years, corporate governance advocates have upped their efforts to target
S&P 500 companies on a variety of issues. As a result of their campaign efforts,
more than 90% of those companies have annual elections of directors, and more than
94% have some form of majority voting. Now, these same activists are turning their
sights on the Russell 3000, where only 43% of companies have annual elections of
directors and just 49% have some form of majority voting. In addition, these activists
are expanding their target issues to include political contribution disclosures,
sustainability proposals, and many other corporate governance issues with varying
levels of support. It’s critical that IROs understand these trends, current best
practices and what may be advocacy overreach. Join us for a compelling panel discussion
on how small and large companies alike can proactively prepare for – and defend
against – such activists.
(See summary at end of event page.) So many factors
could affect corporate profitability and investor decisions in 2015, including possible
changes in Fed policy on inflation, interest rates and Treasury buyback programs;
political instability in the Mideast, Ukraine and North Korea; emerging market growth
rates; Congressional stalemates and the November elections. What’s in store for
the coming year? Our panel of experts will discuss these and other developing issues,
as well as how they put together these puzzle pieces to arrive at their calendar
year 2015 forecasts. As a NIRI-Chicago member, you may bring one guest at no charge
to enjoy the program and holiday reception.
(See summary at end of event page.)How are key market
influencers using social media to shape opinions about your company, stock and industry?
Do you even know who’s active out there? Don’t be the last person to find out that
Carl Icahn just tweeted about your company! Join us to learn cutting-edge methods
to monitor the social media output of key influencers, determine who is most influential
for your company and industry, and leverage their output to enhance your overall
IR program. Don’t think of social media in a traditional way, solely as a means
to “push” your corporate messages – take a look at the “pull” side of listening
and leveraging what’s being said about your company on social media.
(See session summary at end of event page.)It’s a perennial
IR challenge: More investors want more time with senior management – while you’re
faced with management’s dwindling availability and appetite for investor meetings.
How can IROs be more effective in granting corporate access while targeting the
right investors? IR service providers now offer innovative solutions to help IROs
maximize their executives' time through the use of technology and new platforms.
Learn what other IROs do to target potential investors, as well as the latest techniques
for managing corporate access more effectively.
Our seventh annual golf outing and dinner kick off the 2014-2015 program year. You'll find the same convenient location, ability to choose your golfing companions and prizes for first- and second-place teams and individual men and women (longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin). However, we'll have a new format (scramble) and special invited guest discounts this year. Join us on August 27 and bring your corporate secretary, finance, treasury or communications colleagues to take advantage of discounted registration fee for chapter members' invited guests.
Join your NIRI-Chicago colleagues for fun at Ravinia. You'll hear pianist Lang
Lang with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. To register, contact the NIRI-Chicago
administrator at email@example.com
or 773-262-1090 to receive your ticket(s) via email. Purchase tickets at $10 each
by bringing cash or a check payable to NIRI-Chicago to the event or by sending a
check to NIRI-Chicago, P.O. Box 268611, Chicago, IL 60626. Guests welcome.
At 4:30 p.m. that day, the NIRI-Chicago group will congregate just off the path
between the Martin Theater and the Pavilion. (Head toward the left section of the
Pavilion and look for us under the trees; see attached map.) If you prefer, you
can rent lawn
chairs. You can bring your own picnic or purchase food on site;
include picnic boxes for $12.95 each. Gates open at 4 p.m.; parking lots open at
3 p.m.; or let someone else drive and take the train instead. For more information,
directions and parking, visit
200 Ravinia Park Road
Highland Park, IL
Network and build relationships with your peers at this reception designed to help you meet and interact with other investor relations professionals. NIRI-Chicago networking receptions are open to NIRI-Chicago members and their invited guests.
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Registration & Networking
185 N. Milwaukee Avenue
7:30 a.m. Registration & Networking
8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Discussion
2701 Navistar Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
Informal breakfast roundtables are open to NIRI-Chicago members and invited guests. Our event is hosted by Fortune Brands Home & Security.
Fortune Brands Home & Security
520 Lake Cook Road, 4th Floor
Deerfield, IL 60015